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2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, Music Education Emphasis, B.A.

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Requirements for Major with Music Education Emphasis (12 1/2 units)

The major with music education emphasis provides certification for students who intend to teach music in grades K-12 for private and public schools. Students should begin their study by enrolling in the following courses in the fall: MUS 100 , MUS 101 , an applied music lesson (one-half unit) and a departmental ensemble. If enrolling in the ensemble for credit will cause a student to exceed four and one-half units the ensemble may be audited.

Students selecting this curriculum must complete 12 1/2 units in music and other requirements as follows:


Music Education Minor

(required for teaching certificate)

Five units in specialized music performance courses, including three and one-half units in applied music (at least three units must be in a single performing area); one-half unit in voice/piano/guitar classes; Specific recommendations for students whose principal performing area is keyboard, voice or an instrument are available from the Music Department.

  • During any semester that an off-campus program is elected, students are expected to arrange to take applied study.

One-half Unit In:

Teacher Certification Requirements

Students in this curriculum must complete the required units of professional education courses taken through the Shurmur Center. (Certification for secondary vocal music education alone requires one unit less than the K-12 music certification. Students interested in this alternative should contact the Music Department  for specific details.)

Additional Requirements

  • In order to complete the music education program in four years, students wishing to go off-campus should only do so in the fall semester.
  • All courses for the major with music education emphasis must be taken for a numerical grade.
  • At the end of the first semester of the sophomore year, students’ performance level and academic progress toward the major will be evaluated by the faculty.
  • Students at the senior level will present a full solo recital, or combination solo recital and small ensemble performance in which he or she is a participant in solo capacity. With the approval of the department, a research paper or project may be elected in lieu of the senior recital. The Music Department also encourages a recital, either entire or shared, at the junior level.
  • Students are required to participate in at least one of the major music performing organizations most appropriate to their primary performance medium, each semester (marching/symphonic band, orchestra, choir, jazz ensemble). Keyboard performers may satisfy this requirement through accompanying; guitarists should make special arrangements with the chair of the Music Department.
  • Students must attend seven approved campus recitals and concerts per semester.  Specific details concerning approved recitals and concerts, carryover of excess credits or of deficits, and other information is in the Music Department Student Handbook and may be obtained from the Music Department Office or online at http://www.albion.edu/music/ (look under “Music Majors”).

Successful Completion of the the Following Keyboard Laboratories Will Satisfy the Piano Proficiency Requirement.

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